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====Window Managers with Special Effects====

Many Window Managers have 'special effects' for your graphical enjoyment, for example transparency & 3D.

To get an idea of the difference these effects can make to how to use your computer, static pictures alone won't help.
- Watch some videos. Here's [[ a short one]] (1 min 11 secs) showing Beryl, Metisse & Looking Glass.
- Try them out for yourself

Below there is information and links to find out more on the following Window Managers:
- Beryl
- Compiz-Fusion
- Metisse
- Project Looking Glass
- Xfwm

Also see, [[Compiz]]

Originally a fork of Compiz. Now officially re-merged into Compiz to create Compiz-Fusion. Some people still prefer Beryl.
- [[ Beryl-0.2.1 for Puppy 4.3 and Puppy 5.2x Lucid]]
- [[ Beryl homepage]]
- [[ Beryl wikipedia page]]
- [[ Puppy 2.13 with Beryl 0.2.1]] (2 mins 15 secs)
- [[ Short video]] (47 secs)
- [[ Beryl demonstration video]] (5 mins 39 secs)

The "hot" special effects window manager, with many plug-ins to add different effects.
- PuppyNOP > Compiz-Fusion & Wobbly NOP: combines Xfce with Compiz-Fusion.
- [[ Compiz-Fusion homepage]]
- [[ Compiz-Fusion wikipedia page]]
- [[ Wobbly Puppy NOP experimental in action]] (2 mins 48 secs)
- [[ Compiz-Fusion on Puppy 3.00]] (6 mins 11 secs)

A somewhat different concept from straightforward 3D WMs like Compiz-Fusion. Apparently lighter on computer resources than the Compiz family.
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- [[ Metisse homepage]]
- [[ Metisse wikipedia page]]
- [[ Adding Metisse to Puppy]]
- [[ Video of Metisse on Puppy]] by Crusty Lobster (48MB, .mov)
- [[ Video of some of the window organization possibilities of Metisse]] (46 secs)
- [[ Video of creating you own UI for The GIMP]] (6 mins, 12 secs)
- [[ Video showing some more effects]] (50 secs)
- [[ More videos]]

==Project Looking Glass==
3D desktop environment using ""Java3D"".
- [[ Project Looking Glass homepage]]
- [[ Project Looking Glass wikipedia page]]
- [[ Video of PLG on Linux]] (3 mins 54 secs)

Xfwm is the default WM of the [[Xfce]] desktop environment, capable of true transparency & shadows. While not as flexible as Metisse or Compiz-Fusion, it is very stable.
- [[ Xfwm homepage]]
- [[ Xfce wikipedia page]]
- XfcePuppy, for more info re Xfce on Puppy
- PuppyNOP, a [[Puplets puplet]] with Xfce & Opera already built-in.
- [[ Short video of Xfwm transparency effects]] (12 secs)
- [[ Video showing how to enable & change effects in Xfwm]] (2 mins 46 secs)(loud music!)

eg. root/.icewm/themes/Venusian/default theme

==Also see==
~[[WindowManagers Window Managers]]
~[[ChangeWindowManager How to Change Window Manager]]
~[[DesktopEnvironments Desktop Environments]]
~[[ List of window managers]]

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